We have some sun-dappled drafts

An American troika

An American troika

This one probably holds the record for the number of glazed paint layers. I lost track counting a few days ago. But there was just no other way to get the glowing effects of sunlight on their shiny coats. I only wish for a “magic camera” that could actually pick up the depth of the layers. Maybe some day I will invest in some professional lighting that will fix the problem, but for now—well, we’ll just make do and enjoy the Mackinac Island carriage horses with all the leafy pattern shadows they’re wearing as decorations.

This piece will be going with me to the Michigan Horse Council Stallion Expo. It will also appear in my next set of note cards which will feature only horses in harness. The cards will be available soon and I’ll feature them on my website http://www.allifarkas.com. Stay tuned…

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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8 Responses to We have some sun-dappled drafts

  1. well YES it turned out lovely! what a great image to see after a long day of travel! beautiful work! lisa/z


  2. this is coming along quite nicely. love the colors of the horses and the dappling effects.


  3. It is really a beautiful painting – and I really like the scattered sunlight on the backs of the horses. I pity we can’t see the layers, but at least we can imagine them. Best wishes for the Michigan Horse Council Stallion Expo


    • Alli Farkas says:

      Thanks Otto for your critical approval! As for the Expo, I’m afraid I’m going to have to dig a path through 2-foot deep snow to get to the garage where I store all my exhibition equipment. Not looking forward to that at all! But with only a week to go before the show, it doesn’t look like any major snow melting is going to occur any time soon! I usually take a “show” break from early December through early March and have never had this happen before but this winter has been quite brutal. I am confident that I shall overcome all obstacles however!


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